UCSF makes fitness fun


One of the biggest obstacles to regular exercise is that it can seem hard or boring.

The excuses about lack of time or motivation are classic. But what happens when the concept is changed from “exercise” to something more fun like, say, a dance party?

Group Fitness classes at the Fitness & Recreation Centers at UC San Francisco have been making fitness fun since the 1970’s. UCSF faculty, staff, students, and neighbors of all ages and sizes have been finding a lot more than just “exercise” here on campus.

“The instructors are awesome, knowledgeable, and overall fun. I participate in numerous group classes per week, BODYJAM (twice or three times a week), BODYFLOW, CX-30, Qi Gung, Stretching. I really feel that my health and energy level have improved tremendously since I joined the Fitness Center. In addition to group classes I also like the weight-training floor and the Personal Trainers always ready to help me improve my daily work out. I elect the Millberry Fitness Center at Parnassus, the ultimate best gym in the Bay Area.” –Regina Chapman

On September 25, 2014, you can attend the UCSF Fitness Festival and get a taste of just how fun group fitness classes can be. The event, open to the entire campus community and the general public, will be held at the Millberry Fitness & Recreation Center at Parnassus

Kimi Hori, Fitness Manager and long-time class instructor, beams with enthusiasm for the fitness programs at UCSF and is excited to open up this event to all.

“We’re inviting people from all different levels of fitness to enjoy the ability to have fun and experience fitness in a social, fun atmosphere. With the music pumping, friendly and knowledgeable instructors and peers to move along with–you forget you’re exercising and end up having a good time. The benefits are amazing…”

A variety of sampler classes will be offered so attendees can get a good workout (or two) and try something new. Shower and towel service will also be included to make it easy to take a lunchtime break and get back to work, or stop by at the end of the day.

Noontime Schedule

11:15 am-11:45 am GRIT™ CARDIO

11:50 am-12:35 pm ZUMBA®

12:45-1:15 pm CXWORX™

1:30-2:20 pm BODYFLOW ™


Evening Schedule

5:00-5:45 pm ZUMBA®

5:50-6:20 pm Motown Moves

6:25-7:15 pm BODYCOMBAT™

Personal Trainers will be available for body composition testing and consultation to help you understand your results. You’ll learn your lean muscle and body fat percentages and can begin to set goals from there.

September 25 is the day you’ll want to be there, to sample the group fitness buffet, and take advantage of event membership specials. Anyone enrolling as a Premier member will receive a special gift- a complimentary 75-minute massage gift card ($85 value). Standard members who upgrade to a Premier membership will have their upgrade fee waived ($50 value). And, members who bring a friend to the event will receive a free gift.

The event takes place from 11:00 am-2:30 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm at Millberry Fitness & Recreation Center at 500 Parnassus Ave, Level B1. For more details and class descriptions visit: campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu/fitnessrecreation or call 415.476.0348.